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Report of the First Global Meeting of Wildlife Enforcement Networks Released [viewed]

Global Meeting of Wildlife Enforcement NetworksJuly 2013: The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) has released the report of the first global meeting of the Wildlife Enforcement Networks (WEN), which convened on the margins of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16) in March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Zambia [viewed]

This meeting aims to promote exercises on national capacity development (NCSA), results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, as well as synergies in project design related to the biodiversity, climate, chemicals and desertification conventions. Participants will also hear updates on the GEF2020 Strategy and on the GEF-6 replenishment process. The targeted audience is GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions, representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF agencies.  

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) the Dominican Republic [viewed]

This meeting seeks to promote exercises on national capacity development (NCSA), results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, as well as synergies in project design related to the biodiversity, climate, chemicals and desertification conventions. Participants will also hear updates on the GEF2020 Strategy and on the GEF-6 replenishment process. The targeted audience is GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions, representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies.  

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Event: Scaling-Up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resource Rights [viewed]

This international conference will bring together the wide diversity of stakeholders — governments, local communities, Indigenous Peoples' organizations, private investors, food and resource companies, and conservation organizations — that have a direct, common, and urgent interest in clarifying and securing the ownership of lands and resources. Together, these leaders will share experiences on leading strategies to recognize and secure local land rights, including mapping and other technical interventions, legal and policy reforms, international standards and accountability, and innovative financial mechanisms to support real action and progress. The conference will aim to increase the profile and prioritization of community land rights as a global concern, catalyze new ideas and alliances, and secure commitments to take these strategies forward in coming months and years.  

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Event: 46th GEF Council Meeting and GEF Assembly [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly will be held back-to-back with the 46th GEF Council meeting in Mexico. A report on the host city, Cancún, was considered at the 45th Council meeting in November 2013. The CSO Consultation, GEF Council and LDCF/SCCF Council Meetings will convene from 25-27 May, with the Council meeting beginning on 25 May and overlapping for half a day, on 27 May, with the CSO Consultation. The Assembly will convene from 28-30 May. All 183 member nations, including South Sudan – the GEF's newest member – will gather for the Assembly. The GEF Council meets twice a year, while the Assembly meets every four years to take major decisions, including endorsement of the next four-year GEF replenishment package.  

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44th GEF Council Meeting Approves US$369.82 Million Work Program [viewed]

gef4420 June 2013: The 44th Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program amounting to US$369.82 million, comprising 48 projects on biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), as well as multi-focal area projects.

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Event: Private Sector Dialogue on Efforts to Combat Illegal Logging and Associated Trade and Promote Trade in Legal Forest Products [viewed]

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), in collaboration with the Program on Forests (PROFOR), will hold an event to exchange knowledge and enhance collaboration between the government and the private sector with regard to timber producing, processing and consuming countries. The event will be held on the margins of the Forth Meeting of the APEC Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade.  

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World Bank Highlights Little Green Data Book's Relevance to Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

World Bank5 June 2013: The World Bank has released the 2013 edition of the 'Little Green Data Book,' the Bank's annual compilation of environment data. The Book assesses development and environment using over 50 indicators, including adjusted net savings (ANS), which aims to foster innovative ways of understanding sustainable development at the macroeconomic level, and to complement gross domestic product (GDP) measuring; both of which are key aspects of the post-2015 agenda.

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12th PFII Calls for Focus on Indigenous Peoples' Health, Education, Land Rights, and Culture [viewed]

Unpfii31 May 2013: The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) ended its 12th session with calls for: better health care and education; recognizing collective land and resource rights, especially in multilateral banks' safeguard policies; enshrining “culture” as the fourth pillar of sustainable development; and strengthening indigenous peoples' rights in Africa.

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Trondheim Conference Focuses on Biodiversity Mainstreaming [viewed]

Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity31 May 2013: Hosted by the Norwegian Government in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank, the seventh Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity was held from 27-31 May 2013, in Trondheim, Norway, under the title 'Ecology and Economy for a Sustainable Society.'

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